Listen to Live @ the Kelly Writers House

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Last month, I had the absolute pleasure of reading at the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, something that’s been on my “OMG I WANT TO DO THAT” list for a very long time.

I was joined by a number of local authors I adore and admire, including E.C. Myers (@ecmyers), Katherine Locke (@bibliogato), Lauren Saft (@lsafticle), I.W. Gregorio (@iwgregorio), and Tiffany Schmidt (@TiffanySchmidt). Everyone read a lil’ something, answered a question or two, and hung out afterwards to chat with the many people that showed up.

I was thrilled to see familiar faces from graduate school in the audience, a number of local friends, as well as a bunch of blogger / author buddies who came on out. Those of you who came, thank you SO much!

If you missed it, don’t worry! The Kelly Writers House uploaded the reading to their website this weekend, and you can listen to all of us read. You can even hear me gush about E.C. Myers and how he helped with my manuscript. It’s a true story, and I’ll never stop saying thanks. Read more

Six Things I Learned Running a Pre-Order Campaign for My Book

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A few months before INKED came out, me and the team at Bloomsbury started talking about building buzz on the ol’ Internet. There are a lot of ways you do this. Sending out review copies, creating book trailers (or in my case, a book song), releasing excerpts, putting together blog tours, pitching media… stuff like that is all pretty standard, and really helps launch a book online. The crew at Bloomsbury did a killer job, and worked closely with me and the contacts I’d put together. It was an awesome experience.

And since INKED was a digital-first release, building that Internet buzz was extra important.

I wanted to take things a little bit further, and put together a fun pre-order campaign for the book. I promised signed posters, postcards, and handmade (more on that shortly) necklaces to anyone (also that) that pre-ordered the book. Since INKED is a digital-first book, I thought it would be a good idea to give readers some extra incentive to pick it up.

Was it a successful campaign? I’d say it was. Building pre-orders can be tough, and I was really thrilled with the results.

Here’s what I learned putting one together. Read more

INKED Exists: Some Thanks

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So two weeks ago, INKED hit eReaders everywhere thanks to the awesome people at Bloomsbury Spark. And my goodness, it has been a fabulous two weeks watching that little book do its thing.

To kick things off, Paste Magazine posted the exclusive excerpt, the entire first chapter. Now, as a former ‘scene’ kid with pop-punk pumping through my veins, this was such a major thrill. I grew up reading Paste, Alternative Press, and AMP quite regularly, as it was required reading. So seeing my name on that site… man, no words. Thanks Frannie & Paste!

Right after that, the blog tour kicked off, and I’m just so happy with how everything came out. An epic thank you to The Book Smuggles, Cuddlebuggery, The Perpetual Page Turner, Snuggly Oranges, Not Yet Read, Good Books & Good Wine, and My Bookish Ways for being on my team, and pushing the book out there with my guest posts and giveaways. You ladies absolutely rule. You can check out the posts by clicking on their respective links. Read more

INKED: Readings, Parties, & Blog Tours!

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Does INKED seriously come out tomorrow? Seriously? As they say on the Internet, I cannot even.

There are a lot of fun things going on this week into next, to celebrate the release of the book. And I hope you’ll join me online (and off!) to party down for the book.

EVENTS

There are two fun events this week, where you can catch me reading and talking about the book.

On Thursday, January 22nd, I’m heading back to my grad school (hi Arcadia!) to talk to MFA students about Inked, YA books, life in publishing, and writing. Details can be found over on Arcadia’s website, and I’m really excited to be heading back. Last time I was there, I talked about blogging, writing essays, and wanting to write books. Now, I’m talking about those books. Crazy.

And on Friday, January 23rd, is the Inked release bash at Tattooed Mom here in Philadelphia. Rob at T-Moms has always been really great to me, and for the party, he’s dishing out free food, some free drinks, and giving me the upstairs on the house. What a guy. There will also be readings from Zoraida Cordova, a Young and New Adult author I adore, and Robert Repino, a Philly-area author who just released an awesome book called Mort(e) with Soho Press.

MUSIC

Tomorrow, The Book Smugglers will be unveiling the theme song to INKED, written by one of my favorite pop-punk musicians. There are no words for how excited I am to share the song with you. Chances are if you know me and the music I listen to the most, you can figure out who wrote the song. But we’ll see.

BLOG TOUR

Want to join the celebration online? Kicking off tomorrow, I’ve got a fun blog tour launching across a bunch of my favorite book blogs. There are some fun giveaways lined up, some bits of advice from other writers, and like I said, the premiere of the theme song to INKED.

Dates for the blog tour are below, and of course I’ll be tweeting and promoting the heck out of all the stops. Keep an eye out! Fun stuff happening. And thanks for playing along, you awesome bloggers, you. <3

1/20: The Book Smugglers
The Premiere of the Theme Song to INKED by (Surprise!)

1/21: Cuddlebuggery
On Editing, Revising, & Learning to Leave Things Out

1/22: Snuggly Oranges
What To Do When You Just Can’t: Researching Outside the Box

1/23: The Perpetual Page Turner
A Roundup (And Giveaway) of YA Novels That Inspired INKED

1/26: Good Books & Good Wine
Music & Inked: The Soundtrack to a Young Adult Novel

1/27: Not Yet Read
How Video Games Can Make You a Better Author

1/28: My Bookish Ways
The Best Pieces of Advice I’ve Ever Gotten From Other Writers

Happy Birthday, Geeky Book

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On December 3rd of 2013, Quirk Books published The Geek’s Guide to Dating (pictured above in a lovely photograph by Lauren Reads YA), a fun little hardcover book packed full of 8-bit art, geek references, and (what I hope is) useful relationship advice. It was my first traditionally published book, and it came out during what might have been the best year of my life.

I mean, seriously. In 2013:

  • I got engaged.
  • I signed with a literary agent.
  • Inked sold to Bloomsbury Spark.
  • My niece was born.
  • I officiated a wedding for two of my best friends.

And a whole string of other lovely things happened. The list seriously goes on and on, and I’m a very lucky person.

A lot of authors that I follow post one-year anniversary entries for their books, so I figured, hey, why not. What’s happened with The Geek’s Guide to Dating? Well, a lot. Read more